A Global Perspective

IMG_8283Coming into Trinity as a freshman, I was uncertain about a lot – from the courses I’d enroll in to the clubs I would soon join. However, one thing I knew for sure is that I wanted to study abroad at some point during my four years of study.

Trinity currently has seven programs across the globe in Barcelona, Cape Town, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Trinidad, and Vienna. Students can apply to any one of these cities for a term abroad where their credits and grades will easily transfer back to Trinity. With these
programs, there is a Trinity contact or partner on-site with the students who serves as a resource to the city and all of its offerings.

Last semester I studied at Trinity’s newest program, an exchange with Fudan University in Shanghai, China. I wanted to explore a part of the world and culture different than what I am used to, while taking classes that would benefit my studies. The Trinity-in-Shanghai program fit just that. I was able to take courses on Diplomacy and Political Economy through the lens of a Chinese classroom, while improving my Mandarin skills with an intensive language course.

IMG_5952Many students who go abroad utilize their time to travel and see other parts of the world. Being in Asia, I was fortunate enough to see the Great Wall and travel within China, then backpack around Asia to Taiwan, Cambodia, and Thailand. The exposure to these countries and cultures opened up a brand new perspective on the world. One of the most valuable experiences from my time abroad was hearing how others view our country and its policies. As a Political Science major, I was especially interested in the different attitudes of Americans and Chinese towards our respective government systems.

In addition to the Trinity study abroad programs, there are over 100 pre-approved programs and locations where students and alumni have previously studied abroad. Although these programs do not have Trinity contacts on site, students are still able to apply and have their courses transferred back to Trinity for both their major and graduation credit. In fact, students in all majors from engineering to studio art are encouraged to go abroad.

IMG_8462Any and all matters related to studying abroad are addressed through the Office of Study Away (the red house down Vernon Street). As early as freshmen year, students are able to meet with one of the Study Away program coordinators to discuss their interests and potential plans to study abroad. These coordinators are knowledgeable on both Trinity and outside programs, and are a tremendous resource to students before, during, and after their terms abroad.

Trinity students are able to study away as early as Sophomore year, and can study abroad for either a semester, full-year, or summer program. My time in Shanghai was incredible; the people I met, the food I ate, the lessons learned, and the sights I saw are truly unforgettable. I would encourage anyone to consider studying abroad.

 

 

Falling into the Spring Semester

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I left my dorm this morning with a spring in my step (pun intended) as I headed to my 10:00A.M. class. I live in a building called Jarvis, which is considered prime real estate on campus, since it’s located on “The Long Walk.” As the sun was shining and the wind blew through my hair, I allowed myself to become embraced by a throng of my peers commuting to their classes. I couldn’t help but notice they each seemed to embody the equivalent amount of energy that I possessed at the start of this new semester.

As we begin the transition between fall and spring semester, it is impossible to avoid the buzz of excitement that permeates Trinity’s campus community after a long winter break. With the promise of new classes, becoming acquainted with different professors, as well as catching up with old friends who have returned from studying abroad, it is safe to say that the new year has officially begun to take off here in Hartford.

For many of us, spring is an exciting season: on the academic front, some students are currently taking the final steps towards completing their thesis for their major (or majors), while others are about to officially declare a major. Regarding campus social life, not only has this unusually mild New England winter put everyone in a positive mood, but it has also increased school-wide anticipation of our annual Spring Weekend concert.

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A year ago as a first year student, I was incredibly eager to begin the spring semester. I heard from a multitude of upperclassman friends that spring semester of freshman year was supposedly more fun than fall (although that belief can be seen as completely subjective). As I sit here composing this post, I feel a similar anticipation regarding my sophomore spring.

Two years ago, however, I was more anxious than eager as I sat patiently awaiting to hear whether or not I had been accepted, rejected, or waitlisted from some of my top choice schools. I did not apply early decision to Trinity (or to any other school, for that matter), but fear not applicants! Your decision letters will arrive sooner than you think!

If there was ever a time to continue pushing yourself in school, it would be now. I’m sure you’ve heard that a million times from both your parents as well as your college counselors, but it really is the truth. If you find that the college process is increasing your stress levels, just remember that ultimately, your future is your choice, and we’d love to have you spend the next four years of it with us!

Feel free to contact me for more information regarding the Trinity College experience: mackenzie.levy@trincoll.edu

Things I Wish I Knew Before College

I vividly remember the first day of my freshman year at Trinity. It was the first time I was living away from home, being in control of my own schedule and being surrounded by people that I hadn’t know for years. Needless to say, I was nervous and wondering how my four years would turn out. Once the nervousness passed, I made it through my first class and started to get involved.  It was then I realized college was going to be great!

As I sit at my desk almost 5 years from when I stepped foot on Trinity’s campus, there are a few things that I had wished my younger self had been told. These are little things to make that initial transition easier so you can really enjoy yourself right off the bat!

1. Carve out some “me” time: This sounds pretty easy to do, right? However, there always seems to be something going on on campus. There were times when I found I hadn’t been back to my room all day and still had things to do at night. It can be exhausting! Every person has their own way of finding that “me time” so do what works for you. For me, I would watch Game of Thrones curled up in bed!

2. Try something new: Again, sounds pretty easy, right? One great thing about Trinity is that there is so much going on and you can try new things. Every semester there is an activities fair that showcases everything happening during the year. Each club will have a clipboard to sign up for their email list. Pretty soon your TrinColl email will be flooded with emails about when clubs are meeting and the different events that will be taking place. Go to at least one of these club meetings (even if your group of friends won’t go) because who knows, you could become the president of the club later on!

3. Enjoy yourself: College is an amazing four year experience that will fly by. I never listened to people who said it was the quickest 4 years of their life, but let me tell you, it definitely is! College is not always fun (exams, finals, all-nighters) but every class, paper and activity you do helps create your college experience. The worst thing is to have to look back on your college days and say “I wish I had done more”. Don’t let that happen to you!

Are you looking for things you can do at Trinity? Check out some of these links:

Community service: http://www.trincoll.edu/UrbanGlobal/communityservice/volunteer/Pages/default.aspx
Club sports:
http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/HealthWellness/Recreation/Pages/Intramural.aspx
Cultural Houses:
http://www.trincoll.edu/StudentLife/AroundCampus/Pages/CommunityCulturalHouses.aspx

Trinity Favorites: Spring Semester Thoughts

As I made my way around campus today, the post-syllabus week climate was refreshing – and definitely not as cold as I was expecting! I don’t know about you guys, but my winter break was relaxing and just long enough for me to miss being back on campus. Now with syllabus week behind us, we can focus on all the great potential that Spring semester at Trinity has to offer! During my free time between classes I ran into some friendly faces and asked them about their Trinity Spring semester favorites:


Emily Claytor, 2018

International Studies; Minor: French

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What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
My favorite thing would have to be Spring weekend and quadding with my friends (enjoying the weather on the quad)

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
I really enjoyed rowing for the crew team last Spring because it was a lot of hard work but really rewarding in the end.

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Going out to brunch with my friends on the weekends!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a twin!


Amro Arqoub, 2018
Neuroscience, French

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What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?Spring weekend is definitely my favorite.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
Going out to Ichiro (West Hartford) for hibachi with a huge group of friends!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
I think Spring Break and the beautiful Spring weather.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I came to the United States from Palestine when I was only 16 years old!


Christina Claxton, 2016
Public Policy and Law; Philosophy
Antonia Lluberes, 2016
Public Policy and Law; Minor: Hispanic Studies

IMG_4490What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
C: Hanging out on the quad with my friends.
A: The warmer weather that comes after the cold Winter here.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
C: Doing singing valentines around campus with my a cappella group – the Trinitones!
A:Professor Cabot held an “Oral Argument” class in the Spring of my junior year. He’s one of my favorite professors and the class was great!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
C: Just enjoying the time I have left with my friends and the faculty I’m close to.
A: All the events they have planned for the senior class!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
C: I can drive a stick shift!
A: I’m a vegan!


Ben Chait, 2016
Art History

IMG_4485What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
Cozy days in the library.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
My semester of study abroad at Trinity in Paris during Spring semester of my junior year was one of the best experiences in my life!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Finishing my thesis!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I have 44 tattoos!


Allison Butera, 2018
Economics; Minor: Studio Arts

IMG_4468What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
Probably walking down the longwalk to class with the sun shining…and not wearing a parka!

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
Learning how to slack line on the quad –  even though I fell off every time!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Spring Break and all the memories I’ll make with my friends.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister and a legacy here at Trinity! My dad graduated from here in 1988.

A Day in the Life of a Trinity Bantam

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Balancing a double major and a number of extracurricular activities, all while trying to have a healthy lifestyle and a little bit of free time for myself each day, can be a challenge. I stick to a pretty routine schedule that usually only changes based on my classes, meetings, or work schedule (with that said, everyday is more or less the same). Here’s what a typical Monday during this past Fall semester looked like for me:

7am: Wake up and take my time getting ready (it is Monday after all)…

8am: Walk over from Vernon Place to Peter B’s for a morning coffee and a croissant from First and Last bakery while I catch up on some of my favorite blogs or newspapers to ease into the day, or finish up any last minute assignments/studying before class.

9:30am: Start work at Peter B’s, an on campus coffeeshop located in Raether Library- it’s usually pretty busy since everyone is also trying to start their week off strong. This is also a great time to catch up with friends that I run into and chat about our weekends!

11am- Finish work and walk back over to Vernon for class in the English building. I highly recommend taking a class with Professor Sarah Bilston- I took ENGL 359, Victorian London Literature with her and was surprised by how much I loved the class! Not only did we read texts from the Victorian period, but she always encouraged a discussion of the class and gender conflicts during the Industrial Revolution in London, which furthered our understanding of the era.

12:45pm- Grab lunch at the Bistro (usually consisting of a Caprese sandwich, a side salad and a smoothie made with pineapple, coconut water, and apple juice) before heading back to the library to do a few hours of work.

1:30pm- Arrive at Raether library and find a study spot- If I don’t have anything imperative to do, I like working in Peter B’s so I can be both social and productive; otherwise, I opt for a quieter space in one of the main reading rooms.

4pm- Pack up in the library and leave for a weekly Tripod meeting in the basement of Jackson Dorm to work on our individual sections before publishing on Tuesday! (I’ve been on the staff for two years now and am on my third semester as a Features co-editor).

6pm- Unless I have prepared something ahead of time, I usually will leave the meeting briefly to  get a quick dinner from The Cave before my night class.

6:25pm- Walk from Jackson to McCook for my night class, HIST 354- Civil War and Reconstruction with Professor Scott Gac. I highly recommended taking this class (or any with Professor Gac) for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War. It’s a discussion based class with a lot of reading, but is by far one of my favorite classes to date!

9pm- Get out of night class and walk back to the library to do some more work (ideally I will have gotten the majority of my work done over the weekend so I’d like to leave around 11:30 to head back to Vernon to call it a night)!

12am- Showered, prepped for the next morning, and settled down before falling asleep!

Being a bantam is busy, but every minute makes for a rewarding experience!